Lately, there has been compelling news about single-day, all-star pro rodeos that pay big bucks.Last week, Fort Worth Stock Show organizers announced they will feature a single-performance rodeo on Jan. 23 called the Super Shootout. It will feature the sport’s elite and the purse is $100,000.And this week, the Amarillo Tri-State Fair will feature a lucrative, one-performance show called the Wrangler Champions Challenge. The competition, which is scheduled for Wednesday, will feature the elite of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.Last month, organizers announced plans to conduct a new rodeo called RFD-TV’s The American that’s scheduled for March 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The world’s top competitors will ride for $2 million, a record single-day rodeo payout.One reason rodeo organizers are going to one-day competitions is because fans are accustomed to attending sporting events that feature high-profile athletes and an immediate winner. The January National Western Stock Show in Denver has conducted a similar rodeo as Fort Worth’s Super Shootout during the past two years, and Leon Vick, who serves as rodeo director for the Denver Stock Show, said it has been a hit with fans.“It’s paving the way for the future of rodeo,” Vick said. “Society is ever-changing and this is a step that rodeo must take to keep up.”Both the Denver Stock Show and the Fort Worth Stock Show also conduct traditional, long-running PRCA shows that feature a mix of mediocre part-time and talented full-time competitors. But unlike the Fort Worth Stock Show’s PRCA show that determines single-event champions by aggregate results at the end of an exhausting 21/2-week run, the Super Shootout will determine each event winner within a two-hour performance.“Fans do not need to see a rodeo performance and then and have to come back two weeks later to see who the winner is,” Vick said. “We live in a day when society wants entertainment and they want it now.”This week’s Champions Challenge in Amarillo is the PRCA’s newest effort to showcase its elite during a one-day show. When the PRCA conducted the inaugural Champions Challenge on April 18 in Redding, Calif., fans saw defending world champion Mary Walker of Ennis finish No. 1 in barrel racing, and 2012 NFR qualifier Bray Armes of Ponder win the steer wrestling title.Brazile roping toughAfter earning $14,215 in roping events at the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up last week-end, Trevor Brazile of Decatur is ranked No. 1 in the PRCA world all-around standings. Brazile has regular season earnings of $209,698, $88,603 more than No. 2 ranked Tuf Cooper who has $121,095.Alves riding toughSilvano Alves, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, is ranked No. 1 in the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series world standings after finishing second at last weekend’s tour stop in Springfield, Mo. Alves has earned 10,101.25 points and he leads No. 2 ranked J.B. Mauney by 2,467.25 points.